Countries that are planning to open borders for tourism post COVID-19

Tourism post COVID-19 will be a huge challenge to many countries whose economies largely depend on tourism. As countries start to ease lockdown restrictions, all eyes are on how international border restrictions will ease down. As many countries economies are built upon tourism, restarting it is a huge challenge in the coming days.

The global travel and tourism industry was estimated to be worth over $700 billion in 2020 – and it’s now forecast to be $447 billion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Many countries have shown their willingness to open up borders in the coming days in order to boost their economies and uplift the travel and tourism industry. Following are a list of countries that are gearing up to open up their borders. Before making travel plans is also important to check on the airline’s travel plans in the coming days.

Europe

The European Commission issued guidance on how EU countries should resume travel and the safety measures that needs to be taken.

The first principle for “the safe and gradual restoration of tourism activities” is epidemiological evidence showing the spread of COVID-19 has “significantly decreased and stabilized for a sustained period of time, and is likely to remain stable with the increased tourist population”.

Latvia,Lithuania and Estonia

These 3 baltic countries will allow citizens from each country to travel freely in and out.  Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are opening their borders.

Italy

Italy one of the hardest hit countries by COVID-19 ,announced Saturday that it will throw open its borders next month, effectively ending Europe’s longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown just as the summer tourism season gets under way.

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Both regional and international borders will be opened by 3rd of June. The government has also decided to eliminate a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from abroad. Many hope the move will revive a decimated tourist industry, which is worth 13% of Italy’s gross domestic product.

For more information and updates visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Greece

Greece plans to open its borders to tourists on July 1, however it won’t be a typical tourist season. Visitors will be limited to sightseeing and visit beaches, they won’t be able to partake in the nightlife activities that make up much of the country’s tourism revenue.

“The tourism experience this summer may be slightly different from what you’ve had in previous years,” Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told CNN. “Maybe no bars may be open, or no tight crowds, but you can still get a fantastic experience in Greece — provided that the global epidemic is on a downward path.”

Greece has been on lockdown on March 23, during which residents had to register to leave their homes to exercise or go to the pharmacy or supermarket, according to BBC. If residents violated the lockdown, they were fined.

For more information on travelling to Greece please do visit,

Asia

SriLanka

Sri Lanka tourism is gearing up for an early revival post COVID-19. Lockdown restrictions were eased through out the country on the 11th of May. The Island nation plans to open up its borders by July for tourism.European and high-end Indian travellers have begun to inquire on forward bookings, while the Government is sorting out the COVID-19 protocol to welcome guests.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastating impact for Sri Lanka from both an economic and social point of view. However, we have seen this as an opportunity to reset Sri Lanka’s profile and the type of tourist we get to our country,” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

“We are already seeing a lot of traction and getting inquiries for new bookings for July and August. Already travel agents from Germany and India are inquiring on reopening date of the airports. India is Sri Lanka’s largest tourism source market, followed by the UK, Germany and China,” she said. With low COVID-19 cases and casualties, Sri Lanka seems a preferred destination for high-end holidaymakers. “We have got many inquiries from India, particularly to fly in private jets,” she added.

Although there is no final decision taken on a definitive timeline for reopening, Fernando said Sri Lanka Tourism is hoping to welcome tourists from July. “At this moment we want longer-staying guests. We are looking at offering long stay visas for five years and multiple entries to make it customer-friendly,” she stressed. However, she noted that with very few countries have opened borders, long-haul tourists will take some time to come back. Citing Sri Lanka will be a “perfect destination” post-COVID-19 for travellers, she said they will to go ahead with promotions and get the product mix right for the post-COVID-19 plan.

More travel update can be found on

Bali

Indonesia’s tropical holiday island of Bali could open up for tourists as early as October. One of the best tourist destinations, this island has been hard hit due to the COVID outbreak.

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Bali has reported 343 coronavirus cases and four deaths, a much lower fatality rate compared to 16,496 cases and 1,076 deaths in the whole archipelago.

If this infections spread rate keep decreasing the tourism ministry is looking to revitalise destinations and do promotional work for some parts of the country, including Bali, between June and October, according to Secretary of the Ministry Ni Wayan Giri Adnyan said.

Balis economy totally depends on tourism and this has affected many who depend on the incomes earned by tourism.

More info could be found on https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/coronavirus

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